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Removing Rotten Meat Smell from Freezer?

We came home to the freezer off after being gone for 12 days. The meat was rotten and everything else ruined. I have cleaned the freezer and removed the bottom tray. Everything has been washed with vinegar, bleach, and baking soda. I also left charcoal briquettes in the freezer and coffee grounds. The smell is better, but still there. What else can I do?

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October 25, 20161 found this helpful

Sadly, the smell might have permeated the insulation in the freezers lining. Older ones are porous or even like Styrofoam...and they can keep the smell. The only thing I can think of is set it out in the air/sun for a few days. If it helps, move it back in.

If not, use it for shop storage. I had to.

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October 25, 20161 found this helpful

TRY, WASHING IT DOWN, WITH, TOMATOE JUICE, I HEARD OF SOMEBODY, WASHING THEIR DOG, WITH, TJ , AFTER, GETING SPRAYED BY A SKUNK! IT WORKED, CAN'T HURT, JUST TRY IT! VICKIE

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October 25, 20160 found this helpful

An unfortunately common problem in fridges and freezers is biofilm-microorganisms attach to the wall, smell horrible and are almost impossible to remove. A type of biofilm is plaque on our teeth, fortunately easy to remove.

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When the biofilm forms on the fridge walls, there is little to do except buy a new fridge.

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October 27, 20160 found this helpful

A large bag of charcoal, tear open down the side, spread open, place in bottom of freezer, close lid & allow to sit undisturbed about a week. Worked for me !

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October 28, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you all for your suggestions. The odor in the freezer/fridge is much better. Here is what I did. Removed everything from the unit, shelves, baskets, I mean everything. Washed it with bleach, vinegar, baking soda (one situation at a time). Soaked newspapers in vinegar put in both sides, closed doors. Left it for couple days.

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Open odor still there. Next, 1 lb of coffee grounds, close door for 4 days. Odor better! Last found the drip pan (probably should have done this first) Took the back off the freezer, cleaned drip pan. Odor is faint. But We are able to use the freezer/fridge again. A lot of work! Again thanks all suggestions,

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December 27, 20160 found this helpful

Spray and wipe with baking soda in it. Leave freezer outside for a day then wash it off. Let put dish of Vanilla essence in freezer and leave in for a day. Should do the trick.

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